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Au Violon

Im Lohnhof 4, Basel, Switzerland (Altstadt)
0041 61 269 87 11
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Ranked #47 of 407 restaurants in Basel
Price range: $22 - $44
Cuisines: European, French, Fusion
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Altstadt
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46 reviews from our community

71% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Service is good but not extraordinary, food is good but gets boring once you end up here for the second time. Good for business meals where you want a good but not extravagant place.

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Washington DC
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74 reviews 74 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Wonderful food, helpful service, prices -- well, this is Switzerland after all (about $100 per person all in all). Reservations are a must, even during the week.

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Were taken here for dinner with friends. Found the menu to be somewhat limited and found it a bit difficult to choose. None of the items totally grabbed me. Chose soup, beef tartare, braised beef and a chicken dish. Friends said tartare was great as well as chicken. The beef dish was very tender and tasty, mashed potato not to... More

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Bâle, Suisse
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

Apparently a young new head chef and a new director in this nice and charming establishment. It was first time we were visiting this place with my friends but we will comin back! Fine and delicious dishes as Black cod on leek fondue with safran patatoes and bouillabaise sauce. Amazing fresh taste from south of France ! Service was really... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

See my seperate report. One night and lots of fun in a what used to be a prison cell, and that doesn`t go back so many years either.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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76 reviews 76 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Many have already offered good reviews, and I'll gladly join them. On a nice summer day, most, if not all guests, are seated outside, next to a large, old fountain, under shady trees, with a view of old-town roofs, a church and the gate that once led to this former prison (from which apparently quite a few managed to escape).... More

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Was invited by a friend whilst visiting Basel. The ART Basel was taking place that week, so getting a reservation for two was difficult. We arrived early and the ART visitors had not arrived yet. The fish we ordered was very good and wine too, but then the groups of 6-8 persons per table arrived and we could forget about... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Visited the place with some clients from Mexico. Although the setting in the Altstadt could eventually be great, the interior is clearly dated. The restaurant has a good name in Basel and therefore must have an international clientele, but the waiters can hardly help anyone in another language than Swiss German or French (but there are menus in English). Furthermore... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This was a nice surprise. I visited with my old parents, and it was great in many ways: it was a calm, unobtrusive, pleasant ambience, noise levels were very low and it was not cramped as many places (which is important with elderly people who struggle to hear), the place was decorated with a hotchpot of artefacts of the era... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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78 reviews 78 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

A great place, monumental. Make sure to get in through the elevator from Barfuasslerplatz. A very good french kitchen, although the prices hurt knowing france is just a few hunderd meters away. But then again that is not the real france... Definetly worthwile.

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